US Popularity:12125
Other Origin(s):Turkish, Danish, Japanese
Meaning:Clever, skilled; Black; Pure; Orchid scent; Orchid flower
Karan is a gender-neutral name of Sanskrit origin, coming from the word karaṇa. If baby is bound to the sharpest tool in the tool shed, this name's meanings of "clever" and "skillful" will no doubt do them justice. For a darker tone, Karan may also come from the Turkish word kara, meaning black. Whether baby has dark locks or loves the color black and the mystery it holds, this can make for a great fit. If it acts as a variation of the feminine Danish name Karen, meaning "pure," Karan with an “A” opens up this wonderful name for both genders. Karan also has Japanse roots, with some of its more popular translations including "orchid flower" or "orchid scent," matching baby's blooming potential. The name Karan is particularly popular in India and is shared by name actors, presenters, and authors, from Karan Johar to Karan Wahi.

Karan Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Karan is currently #838 on The Bump
Boy:Karan is currently #461 on The Bump Boy Names
Girl:Karan is currently #623 on The Bump Girl Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Karan is currently #12125 in U.S. births
Boy:Karan is currently #5775 in U.S. births

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